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Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District board approves parking lot

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District Board of Directors voted to add a new employee parking lot at its facility at 305 Dairy St. in Monett during its July and August meetings.

According to office manager Jeaneittia Pierce, the district had 30 employees and only about a dozen parking places on the west side of the building. During staff meetings, employees have parked along the heavily used right-of-way that provides access to the nearby Pizza Hut restaurant.

Board members decided to add 10 to 12 parking places along the south side of the building. After reconsidering the plans, the board voted to switch from double chip and seal to asphalt and raised the project budget from $12,000 to $16,000.

At the August board meeting, contracts were approved. Vaughn Dirtworks will handle the site preparation and Hutchens Construction will lay the parking area. Work is expected to be done sometime before winter.

The tax levy for the 2012 tax cycle was approved at the ceiling of 12.59 cents per $100 of assessed property. The levy represented an increase of .15 cents because the total valuation fell by nearly $1.4 million.

Within the district, which extends from Freistatt on the north, to south of Purdy, and from Kings Prairie on the east to the Pulaskifield area on the west, saw real estate values rise by $1.14 million. Personal property dropped by $1.6 million with the depreciation rules for industrial equipment going into effect.

With full payment of taxes, the levy would generate a little over $291,000.

Ambulance crews have remained very active during the summer months. Runs in June and July were down by five from a year ago but remain more than 20 percent higher than two years ago. For the first seven months of 2012, the number of runs are up by 8 percent over 2011.

The 246 runs in June, 184 resulted in the transportation of patients. Of those, 49 went to Cox Monett Hospital, 80 went to Springfield hospitals, 14 went to Joplin hospitals, four to Mercy Hospital-Aurora, one to Mercy Hospital-Joplin, eight went to nursing facilities and eight went to helicopter landing sites.

Crews picked up five mutual aid runs in June and turned over seven calls to other services.

In July, crews made 237 runs and transported 183 patients. Of those, 57 went to Cox Monett Hospital, 76 went to Springfield hospitals, nine to Joplin hospitals, six to Mercy Hospital-Aurora, three to Mercy Hospital-Cassville, 10 to nursing facilities and eight to hospital landing zones.

Three calls to other ambulance services were picked up in July, and two turned over to other services when available ambulances were busy on other calls.

Overtime was held to a minimum during both months. In addition to the 160 overtime hours, scheduled for each pay period, additional overtime was held to under eight hours for each, and down to 1.5 hours in one case.

Personnel changes included the termination of Faron Harrell as an on-call paramedic.

In other business, board members chose to let a certificate of deposit totaling $102,377.19 roll over for another year.

Nick Mercer, with the Purdy Fire District, briefed the board on the development of an Emergency Medical Response Agency (EMRA), an advanced first responder strategy. Work had begun on a memorandum of understanding with the ambulance district that will detail protocols for working with the EMRA.

Education director Andy McCaslin reported medical director Dr. Scott Freeland requested the district begin conducting yearly skills tests to verify the competencies of the staff. McCaslin will begin offering skills labs toward the end of the year that test physical skills and knowledge of changes in medication and procedures.

Board members agreed to move the regular meeting time on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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